Entertainment Center #2: Building and Installing the carcasses

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Blog entry by Fireball posted 10-19-2007 05:51 PM 3143 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building and installing the carcasses was pretty straightforward. I enjoy not having a specific plan to work from as it allows you to change things up and continue designing while you build.

The picture below shows the big center unit completed. I built it first with a solid back, then realized that it would work better with a false back behind the TV so all the wires could be hidden but still easily accessed.


In this next photo you can see one of the 2 boxes that will flank the main TV unit. I decided to add some recessed puck lighting and also make the shelf below it a little shallower to make that a display area. As you can see, it is currently displaying a nice yellow and black tape measure!


Notice on the left hand side of this photo our existing CD rack. I was originally going to build a new CD/DVD cabinet (on the far left) with 8 or 10 shelves. After seeing how everything lined up, I realized that our existing CD rack would fit inside the newly built cabinet perfectly. It would save a lot of time and materials to just put the existing rack into the cabinet, then slap a face frame on it. Loaded up with CDs I think it’ll be hard to notice it isn’t entirely “built-in” !

And here everything is slapped together. The floor is out of level about 3/8” from the left side of the center to the right. With the bottom face frame and new base moulding I am hoping to hide that pretty well.

boxes finished 003

boxes finished 001

The next big decision is how to stain the unit! The photos above show our sample board. We are down to two options – the natural stain which is was applied to the left side of the TV panel, and minwax “Jacobean” stain applied on the right side of the panel.

I like the idea of the simplicity of just a natural poly – it will be hard to mess up. But as the face frames and doors will be QSWO and trying to follow the Arts and crafts look, it seems the jacobean darker stain a good choice.

What is everyone’s thought on this? How hard will it be to get a uniform stain across the whole piece? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as this is the largest piece i’ve worked on to date.

Thanks for reading!

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 07:03 PM

The Jacobean almost looks like Wenge. I think the dark is most appealing. Great project by the way. I will be doing one for myself in the not so distant future.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 07:00 AM

It is easier to find things inside when there is a brighter color.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 11:07 PM

I vote Jacobean. To keep the stain looking even, apply the oil based Pre-Stain stuff, its saved me a lot of grief on my maple cabinets.

-- James

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 06:11 AM

I think the dark one is good

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 11:34 PM

Darker one is nicer.

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